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#371 Wandering Sagebrush

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 12:59 AM

Thanks Vic!

 

I just ordered the C16-22241 from Suspa.  3-4 week lead time.  Not an issue.

 

I have the factory inside struts at the forward bulkhead which easily lift the front of the camper.  The wife is having great difficulty (impossible really) raising the rear.  I was leaning towards the 40# for the rear, but that seems to be a bit much even with the solar panel on the roof.  30# in the rear seems perfect as you and others have stated.

 

Thanks for the "how to" pics!

 

Bill

 

Bill, the speaker lift does a good job raising the roof if you don't want to go with gas struts.   They are a bit clumsy, but effective.

 

Steve


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#372 Advmoto18

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 12:07 PM

Bill, the speaker lift does a good job raising the roof if you don't want to go with gas struts.   They are a bit clumsy, but effective.

 

Steve

Thanks for the suggestion Steve!

 

I'm only installing the gas struts/springs on the rear.  The wife can not lift the rear into place.  It is a bit heavy and you have to use your legs to push the roof up into place.  Not sure where I'd stow the speaker lift as we are already tight on space.

 

We have the inside struts and they work well lifting the front of the roof into place.  I opted to not have exterior struts installed when I placed the order.  Saw them as a corrosion point and I have no trouble raising the roof.  I didn't consider the wife camping with her friends and not being able to raise the roof!


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 01:42 PM

I just replaced all four 30 pounders with 40 pounders on my 2016 Fleet. I have a solar panel as well as a small storage box on top. It makes up and down much easier. I got them from Gemini in Canada, $25 ea. What I am not seeing much of in this discussion, however, is the technique of closing the camper door and using the roof fan to assist the raising and lowering. Exhaust the air out when lowering the roof, direct the fan in when raising (like inflating a balloon). I find, with a little added patience, that this help greatly...maybe even the equivalent of 10 pounds of lift. Lowering while having the fan sucking the air out also pulls in the vinyl sides and practically eliminates having any vinyl sticking out that needs to be tucked in once the roof is down.


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 10:02 PM

I just replaced all four 30 pounders with 40 pounders on my 2016 Fleet. I have a solar panel as well as a small storage box on top. It makes up and down much easier. I got them from Gemini in Canada, $25 ea. What I am not seeing much of in this discussion, however, is the technique of closing the camper door and using the roof fan to assist the raising and lowering. Exhaust the air out when lowering the roof, direct the fan in when raising (like inflating a balloon). I find, with a little added patience, that this help greatly...maybe even the equivalent of 10 pounds of lift. Lowering while having the fan sucking the air out also pulls in the vinyl sides and practically eliminates having any vinyl sticking out that needs to be tucked in once the roof is down.

I always close the door and put the fan on high exhaust when closing, pulls the canvas in perfectly.  Ron


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#375 Outnabout

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 04:02 AM

The exhaust fan is worth it if only used for popping down.
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Posted 20 June 2018 - 06:32 AM

John Cotterman do you know the part #s for ordering the 40# struts from Gemini? sounds like the way to go. thanks


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Posted 02 December 2018 - 06:24 AM

Does anyone know the limit for lift height if we want to be able to use the helper shocks? I need to make a new canvas for the top I'm rebuilding and would like to know at which point I'm making it impossible to use the s shocks. I don't expect I can get 42"lift that is needed to be able to sit up in bed and still use them.
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